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Thanksgiving 2010: Reasons to Be Thankful

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 25, 2010 6:34 AM |

As I sit here in the early morning hours, I pause and reflect on the past year. I have so much for which to be grateful.

While my wife would not want me to bring attention to her, I am not only exceptionally grateful but extremely fortunate to be married to the most beautiful girl in the world. Thank you my love!! I am also not reticent in stating that Sense on Cents would not be what it is without my beloved’s wisdom and technical support.

To my four beautiful children, I am not typically challenged to express my feelings. I have untold love and admiration for what you have accomplished and more importantly for who you are. We all know your own gratitude should be directed to your mother.

To my extended family–all forty-five of you (got to love those Irish and Italian families!!)—how fortunate we all are to have each other. How often I reflect on the wonder of it all. I know I am most grateful to be in such a beautiful family. I would be remiss if I did not extend my love and gratitude especially to my parents and my mother-in-law. Words can not properly express this love and gratitude, so I will use the simple, “Thank you for everything!!” You forever hold a special place in the Sense on Cents Hall of Fame!!

Let us not forget those who are far less fortunate than ourselves. I hope people will take opportunities as they are presented to help those in need. I firmly believe the more one gives, the more one receives in return.  I also want to extend my personal debt of gratitude to those serving our nation. I commend you for your dedication and thank you for your service.

In the midst of my gratitude, please allow me to interject somewhat less meaningful but no less enthusiastic best wishes to the Boston Latin Wolfpack and Falmouth High Clippers in their traditional Turkey Day battles with their respective vaunted rivals Boston English and Barnstable High.

To those who take time from their days to read my thoughts here at Sense on Cents, please allow me to once again extend my deepest and sincerest gratitude. Would I write if nobody read? That might be a challenge. I went back to my thoughts from Thanksgiving 2009. I would like to think my sentiments expressed a year ago are sufficiently timeless to share again today:

With offices emptying out and people headed home or off to visit relatives for the traditional Thanksgiving feast, we are left to pause and reflect.

Personally, I immensely enjoy quiet time when I can both reflect and project. Where have we been and where are we going? How are we going to get there? Who will we meet along the way? How can we most effectively navigate the economic landscape in the process? Have we ever lived through such a challenging period? The ability to think about a wide array of topics and share my feelings with readers here at Sense on Cents is both tremendously gratifying and humbling.

The fact that you are willing to share your feelings back with me is even more humbling and deeply appreciated.

While I am most thankful for my family and all that they mean to me, I am also extremely grateful to all those who take the time to read my work.

I wish you safe travels if you are taking to the roads over this holiday and a truly blessed Thanksgiving.

While much has changed in the world over the last twelve months, that which truly matters has not changed at all. As a reader shared with me just yesterday:

Notwithstanding the economic and political turmoil in our country, there are many, many wonderful things to be thankful for – taking stock of these things makes the best sense of all.  Have a great Thanksgiving.

Navigate accordingly!!

Larry Doyle

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